Nearly 30 Nottinghamshire police officers have tested positive for Covid during pandemic

More than two-dozen Nottinghamshire police officers have tested positive for Covid-19 since the pandemic began

Friday, 13th November 2020, 12:18 pm

The Police Federation says officers across the country are in ‘constant worry’ when faced with offenders who may spit, bite and cough while being dealt with.

Figures obtained through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, show a total of 24 Nottinghamshire officers have tested positive for the virus as well as four PCSOs.

The force's records are up to October 14.

Nottinghamshire Police have had 24 officers and four PCSOs test positive for Covid-19 since the pandemic began

Those with positive tests were 19 police constables, four sergeants and one higher ranking officer.

Nationally, at least 849 police officers have tested positive at the 26 forces in the UK which answered an FOI request.

In August, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and College of Policing issued new guidance to police forces on the use of personal protective equipment.

Advice was also given on social distancing and enhanced hygiene measures, but it was accepted that maintaining a two-metre distance was not always possible.

John Apter, chairman of the Police Federation said it was inevitable some officers would catch the virus, given their nature of work.

He added: “There is also the constant worry of bringing the virus home to their loved ones which is exacerbated when they deal with offenders who weaponise the virus by spitting, biting and coughing – which is disgusting and unacceptable.

“People need to realise that behind the uniform, officers are mothers, fathers, sons and daughters.”

Mr Apter urged the public ‘not to give up now’ on combating the virus and to follow latest guidelines to reduce its spread.

The NPCC also urged the public to follow regulations.